â€œSuda reflects a worrisome trend in Japan; the automobile is losing its emotional appeal, particularly among the young, who prefer to spend their money on the latest electronic gadgets. â€
I can definitely identify with that: I love electronic gadgets and my fixed gear bike.
Having a car is SO VERY 20th century â€¦ :^)
I agree. It’s a balancing-issue: electronic anything is in your head, the fixie is in your bones – that creates a nice balance that would otherwise be absent.
Having not ridden one, I do not understand the apparent trend with the fixies(?).
A fixie is what bicycles used to be, at the beginning, before freewheels and gears were invented. A fixie reminds a guy of their first tricycle. You pedal forward and you move forward, you pedal backward and you move backward. As you can see in this funny vid for example:
A fixie is near-silent, and you hear none of the irritating clickety-clack of an 18-speed bike. A fixie is light and easily carried up the stairs. A fixie has a lot less parts that can break. The fixie culture celebrates diversity and most fixies are a jumble of different parts, not one sleek color-coordinated, trademarked, copyrighted, branded, and Lance Armstring-approved bicycle. But most of all, I suspect, it takes us back to our first experience of mobility, the trike or single-gear bike we had when we were little kids. I see it in my son now… he can’t walk his bike from the car to the door – maybe 30 feet – he has to get on his bike and ride that distance.
Brenda Ashworth Says:
I believe it is a monetary decision. Unfortunately, society consists of the â€œhavesâ€ and the â€œhave notsâ€. The â€œhave notsâ€, sadly do not have a voice or choice.
I am sorry, but I do not understand your comment. Maybe I am missing the point your are making, but one can obtain a nice fixie for a few hundred bucks (if one is willing to do some of the work) and for $700-1,000 one can get a killer bike built. It does not seem like a money-issue to me. Moving from a car to a combo of public transport and bicycle one would end up saving a ton of money in the form of insurance, gasoline and so on. And one might also save $500-1,000 per year to a health club – where one sits on a stationary bike (that uses electricity!!!) in a room with a bunch of sweaty and smelly people who are listening to horrible Eighties music.